A dominant display of golf has seen Daniel Nisbet win the 2018 MMC Northern Territory PGA Championship at Palmerston Golf Course.
Starting the day three shots off the lead, Nisbet knew he needed a low round to win his second title on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia in 2018.
Firing an eight-under 63 was enough to hand the Queenslander a two-shot victory with a tournament total 19-under 265.
Finishing two shots back were 2018 Papua New Guinea Open champion Daniel Gale (64) and 2017 Victorian PGA champion Damien Jordan (68). New Zealander Mark Brown finished outright fourth on 15-under par while Adam Burdett and Maverick Antcliff rounded out the top-5 on 14 under.
“I am pretty excited, it has been a long few days out in this heat, so it’s relief, exhaustion, excitement,” said Nisbet who claimed a share of the lead on the 10th hole.
“I got off to a good start today like I have all week, but the back nine really helped me today. I hit a couple close in there and holed some putts, which were the difference from the last few days.
“I heard a few whispers about the scores so I knew what was happening throughout the day. I knew that I needed to keep playing well because if I didn’t go low someone else would.”
Having won the ISPS HANDA New Zealand Open in March and earning full status on the Asian Tour, Nisbet travelled to the Top End looking to secure his lead on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit.
He currently holds about a $28,000 margin over Anthony Quayle with the pair eyeing the opportunities on offer from an Order of Merit victory.
“This definitely helps the Order of Merit. In my situation I need to get as much money up as I can to prevent being run down at the end of the year,” added Nisbet. “Hopefully this gives me a good boost and I have a solid finish to the year so I can get some more international tour starts at the end of the year.”
The Order of Merit offers the winner a Major championship start at The Open, while the leading two players receive invites into the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship. The top-10 players earn a start in the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. The highest finisher on the Order of Merit, not already exempt onto the European Tour, will receive a full card for the 2019 season.
“I think this is the best the Tour has ever been for the young guys coming out. If we get to the top of the money list we can go to Web.com and European Tour Qualifying School, earn starts in the Dunhill Links, World Golf Championship tournaments and The Open,” said Nisbet. “There are just so many opportunities for the guys that finish at the top of the money list and that’s why I definitely want to win it.”
For final scores from the 2018 MMC Northern Territory PGA Championship, visit pga.org.au.